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Gandharva Loka News – October 15, 2013

Concert at The Lotus-Heart – October 3, 2013

The Sri Chinmoy Centre recently offered a concert of Sri Chinmoy‘s meditative music at The Lotus-Heart vegetarian restaurant in Christchurch. Concert at The Lotus-Heart – October 3, 2013Gandharva Loka’s co-manager, Vajin Armstrong, introduced the concert and a variety of instruments from Gandharva Loka’s stock of world instruments including djembe, sitar and udu featured in the concert. The concert, the first for the Centre since the Feb 2011 earthquake, also saw the inaugural use of the new upstairs dining room at The Lotus-Heart which relocated with Gandharva Loka and The Gift Shop to 363 St Asaph Street after the earthquake.

The room was full with standing room only and this webmaster was fortunate enough to catch the concert through the kindness of our dear friend Ron Kettle who stood holding a tablet that transferred the event electronically via Skype. Ron’s comment afterwards was that he “…now knew what it was like to be The Statue of Liberty!” Thank you Ron – you’re the champion of self-giving! From my perspective, the concert was very beautiful and soulful and it was great to see the Centre members performing their Master’s music in a public concert again. I was greatly inspired by the concert and was very grateful to have had the opportunity to see and hear it from Auckland. Prasasta, who sang in the concert, also wrote a short article which can be viewed here »

The Lotus-Heart Voted ‘Best Vegetarian Restaurant 2013’


Upcoming Concert and One-Day Closure in October

Concert: Music and Mantras

Thursday October 3 – Evening
Enjoy the soul-stirring melodies of composer and spiritual teacher Sri Chinmoy, performed by his students. From the pure sounds of Bengal and English plainchant to dynamic musical arrangements, the evening will offer a diverse selection of music and mantra, inundating listeners with a heightened sense of inner tranquility and well-being. For more details, please pick up a brochure from The Lotus-Heart or Gandharva Loka at 363 St Asaph Street in Christchurch, or call (03) 377 1327.

Store Closure

Friday October 11
Gandharva Loka and The Lotus-Heart will be closed on Friday October 11 for the day as we observe the passing of our meditation teacher Sri Chinmoy on that date in 2007. We will resume our regular business hours from Saturday October 12 onwards.


Shaskeen Reel To Perform Cathedral Fundraiser

Shaskeen Reel posterJust had a chat with a friend in New Plymouth, singer, whistle and flute player Rob Green, who is a member of Shaskeen Reel.

Shaskeen Reel was formed in New Plymouth in 1997 when brothers Rob and Dennis Green (ex The Orange & Green) teamed up with likeminded Celtic musicians, Geoff Notman and Rowan Johnston.

Rob informs me that Shaskeen Reel is to perform a concert in partnership with the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Auckland to raise funds to help rebuild Christchurch Cathedral. The concert will be at St Mary’s in Holy Trinity, Parnell, Auckland, on Saturday, June 25, and begins at 7:30pm. Tickets are just $20 Adult and $15 Concession – more details here.

Hope you can make it along to hear some nice Celtic music and support the efforts of a group of musicians who are driving from New Plymouth to Auckland and back to offer their support for Christchurch. Tell a friend/bring a friend/be a friend. (Directions)

Here’s a video clip of Shaskeen Reel performing at the 2010 Festival of the Lights in New Plymouth – Rob Green on low whistle…